What do we want for our children?
At Preston Park Primary School, we believe that the first stages of school are vital in building the firm basis and foundations for future learning. Therefore, we strive to provide children with an Early Years environment that is exciting, challenging, broad and catered to meet the needs of our children.
Early Years is a fundamental stage as it helps young children get ready for their school experience. Birth to 5 years is a significant part of a child’s life which should be filled with happiness, exciting and fun experiences. At Preston Park, we value that every child is unique and our Early Years team strive to provide an environment that considers children’s own interests, wants and needs to help them learn and succeed. We aim to provide an environment where children feel safe, happy, confident and supported.
We aim to:
- Develop positive relationships with all children through warm and positive interactions
- Provide high quality teaching and learning that considers all children’s interests and development that supports them to make good progress
- Develop strong partnerships with all families and create an inclusive environment where all children and families feel valued
- Support children with communicating their thoughts and ideas to develop their communication and language skills
- Provide an inclusive environment taking into account each child’s unique experiences
- Provide high quality learning experiences for children where they feel confident to take risks, challenge and become curious learners
- Cultivate the ‘love of learning’ to ensure all children feel motivated and excited about learning through exciting experiences
- Support children with transitions so they feel safe and happy at school
How do we deliver this effectively?
Our EYFS provision starts with our 2 years old in Chicks, 3-4 year olds in Ducklings and our 3 Reception classes – Nightingale, Turtle Dove and Owl.
All staff in the Early Years effectively plan using the EYFS Framework. Each child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through the 7 areas of learning and development.
The areas are broken down into prime and specific areas.
The 3 prime areas are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The 4 specific areas are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
These 7 areas are used to plan for children’s learning and activities. Our Early Years team teach and support children by planning activities that are suited to each child’s unique needs.
What does this look like for our children?
Progression in Skills and Understanding
Parent and Family Partnerships:
At Preston Park Primary School, we value and embrace working in partnerships with our families. Parents and families make a crucial difference to children’s outcomes. We respect and appreciate that families are children’s first and most enduring educators. Therefore, we are continuously adding to the opportunities available for all families to be involved in the learning at school.
We welcome parent visitors to be part of our learning experiences at school, whether this be them cooking with the children, stay and play sessions and/or reading Thursdays to promote the love of learning.
Our Early Years team are now using Tapestry as a learning platform to share observations with families so they are aware of the learning taking place at school and how to support at home.
We are always available to share information with families through open conversations as we strive to build strong partnerships with all our families. We also deliver family workshops to support families with learning at home and to provide additional information on learning that is occurring at school.
Please see below list of our family workshops and presentations of workshops that have already been taken place.
- Early Years Curriculum Information
- Curriculum maps
- Progression Map
- Meet the Teacher – EYFS
- Parent Workshops
- Development Matters
- Statutory Framework – EYFS
- What to expect in the Early Years – A guide for parents